Friday, June 27, 2014

Saturday work party, July 5th

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! Fourth of July weekend is a great time to "liberate" some of the native plants in Lincoln Park from the tyranny of invasive plants. We've got lots of work to do. And it's fun, healthy and worthwhile work.
  •  Saturday, July 5th, 9am to noon
  • Meet at the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and long pants, with boots or sturdy shoes suggested
Below is an article from a book by David Williams. He talks about the Seattle natural environment before European settlement. Fascinating! 

Also, we have Richard Droker's photos of the magnificent phantom orchids in Lincoln Park on our blog. Check them out! 

See you Saturday, the 5th! Sharon
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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

School's out for summer!


 Something for the kids from the Green Seattle Partnership newsletter:





 


There is nothing like soaking up some Vitamin D on a warm summer day in the woods.  You don’t have to go far to find an experience with nature right here in Seattle.  With school out, forest restoration work parties are a great outdoor activity for the family.  Research supports that spending time outdoors can help children (and adults) with physical, mental, and cognitive health. More on the health benefits to kids spending time outdoors.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sunday work party



Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, a bit of slippage here! It's one of those months when the first Saturday is a week before the third Sunday and I wasn't  focused. Sorry for the late notice, but we've got a lot of work to do in Lincoln Park TOMORROW!  It's maintenance Sunday. We'll have something for everyone, from blackberries to stinky bob. It's a great way to help your kids learn to be stewards of nature! 

 Sunday, June 15th 9am to noon
 Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
 Long sleeves and pants recommended, with sturdy boots or shoes (and rain coat)

We've put a lot of forest into restoration, and that means we have lots of maintenance to do. I'm thinking we should make some of our Saturday work parties maintenance too, to try to catch up. Lots to do! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Phantom Orchids



Lincoln Park is an amazing piece of nature! For about the 4th or 5th year, we have rare phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae) blooming in the park. The photo illustrates its development over three points in time with the youngest on the right. The orchid has no chlorophyll, so depends completely on its association with certain fungi (symbiotic mycorrhizae) in the soil for nutrition (mycoheterotrophic).  

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068
cell